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98 Platoons of Police personnel deployed in Twin Cities: DGP RP Sharma

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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure a peaceful Durga Puja in the State, a weeklong special drive was conducted across the State by police against criminals and anti-socials ahead of the ensuing festival.

The drive included execution of non-bailable warrants (NBWs), excise raids, raids on gambling dens, actions against motor vehicle offences, forcible collection of donations and illegal arms and ammunitions, explosives and recovery of stolen motorcycles, informed DGP RP Sharma in a Press conference here on Thursday.

More than 1,068 anti-socials and criminals have been booked under Section 110 of CrPC and 112 proclaimed offenders have been detained. Nearly1,843 NBWs have been executed and 1,100 NBWs have been disposed of otherwise. 552 people were booked under Section 510 of IPC who were found drunk and creating nuisance in public places, said Dr Sharma.

The DGP said excise raids were conducted in which 1,168 cases were detected and 978 people were arrested. In this connection, 20,690 litre of illicit liquor and 5,042 bottles of foreign liquor were seized. Also, 1,113 kg of ganja were seized along with 12 grams of brown sugar with arrest of nine persons.

He further said 22 cases were registered and 21 persons were arrested for forcible collection of donations. Besides, 20 illegal arms, 683 live ammunitions, 11 live bombs and 1,000 detonators were seized. Four stolen motorcycles were also recovered.

The DGP informed that the Ganjam district police have performed well in the special drive against anti-socials followed by their counterparts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Angul.

On the arrangements made for the Puja, he said as many as 244 platoons of police have been pressed into service to ensure security across the State. The forces include 140 platoons of OSAP, 81 platoons of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), 23 platoons of OISF and three platoons of Odisha Swift Action Force.

A total of 98 platoons of force have been deployed in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar alone, he pointed out. Additional 90 static sets and 140 Manpack sets with two Inspectors and 53 SIs, ASIs have been provided in the twin cities along with 55 Manpack sets for sensitive districts, he said.

As the immersion festival of Goddess Durga falls on the day of Muharram, the SPs of districts and DCPs have been asked to fix different schedules for both the festivals, Sharma said.

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